Friday 19 January 2018

Girl found alive 12 hours after flats collapse

Rescue workers carry a woman from the rubble at the site of a collapsed residential building in Mumbai.
Rescue workers carry a woman from the rubble at the site of a collapsed residential building in Mumbai.

Kay Johnson Mumbai

RESCUERS pulled a small girl alive from a collapsed apartment block in India's financial capital nearly 12 hours after the structure caved in, killing at least eight people and leaving dozens trapped under the rubble.

A cheer erupted from hundreds of onlookers when rescuers plucked the young girl out of a tunnel dug through the rubble.

At least 32 people were rescued, but more than 30 others are still missing and the search continues, said Alok Awasthi, local commander of the National Disaster Response Force.

Yesterday's disaster was the third deadly building collapse in six months in Mumbai, in a country where shoddy construction and lax inspections make such disasters all too common.

Dozens of workers hacked away with crowbars at the flattened remains of what was once a five-storey building.

"We will work all night. We'll work 24/7 without stopping until everyone is found," Mr Awasthi said, adding that additional rescue teams from the nearby city of Pune had been called in to assist.

Mr Awasthi said the building was owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp, the city's municipal government, and that most of the people in its 22 apartments were city employees.

Irish Independent

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